Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alexander Skarsgård interview: True Blood lust

Sweden used to be known for peace, Abba and long hours of daylight. These days, from the novels of the late Stieg Larsson to the cult film Let the Right One in, its dark side appears to be taking over the world. And in Alexander Skarsgård, who stars as the 1,000-year-old Viking vampire Eric Northman in the American drama series True Blood – soon to start its second series on Channel 4 – it has an actor who has brought a new level of cool to the vampire genre. Tall, blond and beautiful, Skarsgård mixes sex, danger and laconic humour in a way that sets femoral pulses racing.
True Blood, created by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of American Beauty and Six Feet Under, is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Its dark tales of 'glamouring' vampires, who can hypnotise their human victims; fangbangers, who are addicted to vampire sex, and users who get high on 'V' – vampire blood – have made it the most watched series on HBO in the US since The Sopranos, as well as an internet phenomenon. In Britain it opened with more than two million viewers. Skarsgård says its appeal is that 'you can sit back and enjoy it, but it's also really intelligent. It says a lot about society today and about how we relate to each other.' His appearances as Eric in the first series were few but mesmerising, and instantly propelled him to the status of the series' sex symbol. We are going to see a lot more of him in the second series.

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True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard Based Eric on Lions and so did Charlaine !

There is a basis in the books for this....
Dead to the World 

Eric looked at me intently. I couldn't read his expression. "Had you ever killed anyone before?" he asked.
"Of course not!" I said indignantly. "Well, I did hurt a guy who was trying to kill me, but he didn't die.
No, I'm a human. I don't have to kill anyone to live."
"But humans kill other humans all the time. And they don't even need to eat them or drink their blood."
"Not all humans."
"True enough," he said. "We vampires are all murderers."
"But in a way, you're like lions."
Eric looked astonished. "Lions?" he said weakly.
"Lions all kill stuff." At the moment, this idea seemed like an inspiration. "So you're predators, like lions and raptors. But you use what you kill. You have to kill to eat."
"The catch in that comforting theory being that we look almost exactly like you. And we used to be you.
And we can love you, as well as feed off you. You could hardly say the lion wanted to caress the antelope."
Suddenly there was something in the air that hadn't been there....

Alexander Skarsgård has revealed that he based his True Blood character Eric on lions.
Skarsgård explained that he had been inspired when he watched a wildlife documentary.
“I was fascinated by the male lion, the way he moved, the confidence,” he said. “When he just sat down and looked straight at the cameraman, he did absolutely nothing, but for a second you didn’t know whether he was going to yawn and fall asleep or pounce.
“I thought it would be interesting to try to find that. You don’t show your teeth, you don’t say anything, you don’t show it. It’s the not knowing that’s interesting. Anything could happen.”
Skarsgård also explained that he tries not to “overplay” Eric, saying: “I’m a huge fan of all the old vampire movies, Max Schreck in Nosferatu or Béla Lugosi in Dracula.
“But this guy functions in human society. He’s a club owner. So I wanted to underplay it a bit and make it real. At the same time, I try to find that animalistic quality and the element of danger.”

Denis O’Hare Exclusive Interview TRUE BLOOD

Great interview

On Season 3 of the hit HBO television series True Blood, actor Denis O’Hare plays Russell Edgington, the flamboyant and deadly vampire king of Mississippi. As one of the oldest and most commanding vampires on the continent, the King is both terrifying and dangerous, with little regard for others, unless they benefit him, in some way.
After the shocking events of the last episode, Episode 9, “Everything is Broken,” sees a grief-stricken Russell vow revenge against his foes, vampire and human. His actions will make him a very different character, for the remainder of Season 3.  In a recent interview, Denis O’Hare spoke exclusively to Collider about how he was offered this role on the series without having to audition, developing the look and sound of the character, working with this incredibly talented cast and getting used to talking with fangs.
He also gave some hints as to what viewers can expect for the rest of the season, revealed that his storyline is definitely left open to return for Season 4 and talked about his role as a Roman soldier in the upcoming feature film The Eagle of the Ninth, which he had been shooting in Budapest when he was cast on True Blood. Hit the jump to read all about it:

Question: How did you get involved with True Blood? Had you been a fan of the show?
Denis: I was a big fan of the show. I started watching it a little bit late. It was already eight episodes in, and I had heard of it and was like, “Oh, god, vampires. I read Dracula in high school. I’ve been around vampires forever. What could be good about this?” But, I love Alan Ball. I was a big fan of Six Feet Under. So, I got a bootleg copy of the first four episodes on videotape, watched them and was instantly into it. During the first episode, I was like, “Eh.” By the time I got to the second one, I couldn’t watch them fast enough. I got on the phone that night, called Time Warner cable and ordered HBO right then. I was like, “I have to have HBO right now. I need to have HBO On Demand right now. I must see these shows.” So, then I caught up and I’ve been a fan ever since.
Did you have to audition for this role?

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Ep. 33: Sookie & Bill Video HBO

Blood Work! “True Blood” recap 3.08: They Killed Our Cooters

In this installation of’s recap of the insane – and insanely popular – HBO vampire hootenanny, Andy and I kick things off by giving Sookiepants some scrapbooking tips. Rickrack, lady!
We then dive into all the blood, bawling and beast-with-two-back-making that made this episode one of our faves of the season, before Andy has to zoom up into the sky to save the Center of the Universe from certain peril. Just another day at the Camp!

Dead To The World: Sookie book #4 (True Blood S 4) by Charlaine Harris

Lets read ahead .....

Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire – and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires! Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself – she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead – vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the way home from work, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie’s investigation into what’s going on leads her straight into a dangerous battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger – to Sookie’s heart, because the kinder, gentler Eric is very hard to resist. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Hammer Exits Casket With Vampire Film, Seeks Co-Investors

Hammer Film Productions Ltd., the maker of 1960s Dracula films starring Christopher Lee, is prowling for co-investors as it returns to moviemaking with a remake of a Swedish vampire tale.

Hammer showed scenes from the drama “Let Me In” to about 6,000 cheering fans last month at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego. The London-based studio, which has raised $100 million for operations and production, is looking for an equally enthusiastic response at the box office to attract money to co-finance future films.

“You only get the chance once to impress investors with your ability to deliver profitable and enjoyable movies,” Chief Executive Officer Simon Oakes said in an interview.

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'True Blood's' Sam Trammell inspires pizza delivery guys the world over

On "True Blood," we've seen Sam Trammell's character, Sam Merlotte, shift into several forms of the animal world. But, now he has taken the form of something none of us ever predicted: A pizza delivery guy.

He's not just any pizza delivery guy either. In this hilarious video from, he plays the ultimate pizza delivery guy. Watch as he brings his inspirational message to a new class of road rebels via their new hire orientation video.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Under The Sheets

Under The Sheets
From: Lawliettte